Wind energy in Uruguay – Abengoa to develop a 50 MW wind farm with 25 wind turbines

 Abengoa will be responsible for constructing, operating and maintaining the wind farm for 20 years. UTE, Uruguay’s national electricity and transmission company, has awarded Abengoa the contract to construct, operate and maintain a 50 MW wind farm for a 20 year period, which will be located in the village of Peralta in the Tacuarembó region. The wind energy project will supply renewable energy to a population of 50,000 people, preventing the emission of 100,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere every year.

The wind farm, which will have 25 wind turbines, must be operational within a maximum period of three years, according to the deadlines in the UTE tender and award process. Abengoa will operate the wind farm for a period of 20 years under a concession agreement, which will also determine a guaranteed fixed price per MWh of generated electricity.

The future wind farm will have 25 wind turbines with a 2 MW capacity each, generating enough energy to supply the demand from the Tacuarembó region. The village of Peralta has abundant wind that is relatively consistent throughout the year, without significant variations in speed, which will help the facility to perform well when it comes into operation.

Abengoa has been present in Uruguay since 1980 and has carried out numerous projects for UTE since then. This latest contract is a reflection of the trust placed in Abengoa over the course of thirty years. The company’s most important projects in Uruguay include the expansion and remodelling of the drinking water treatment plant in Aguas Corrientes and the electricity transmission line from Montevideo to San Carlos.

Abengoa (MCE: ABG) is an international company that applies innovative technology solutions to sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors, generating electricity from the sun, producing biofuels, desalinating sea water and recycling industrial waste.